Chesney Palmer is a promising young composer who has been accepted to study for a Masters in Composition at the University of the Free State Odeion School of Music, but has not managed to secure funding as of yet. If anyone has any information, connections or ideas that can help him out, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can put you in contact directly.
Chesney has been involved in music for the past 10 years as a pianist,clarinetist and composer in South Africa. He has had the privilege of studying at the acclaimed National School of the Arts in Braamfontein Johannesburg one of the country's leading art schools. During this period he studied both piano and clarinet and achieved several awards for music such as Half Colours for music and best music student as well as received a place on the Honour Roll of the Royal College of Music for external examinations.
He has recently completed his degree in music with honours and has been under the tutelage of Dr Andile Khumalo, Dr Christopher Letcher, Dr Jonathan Crossley, Dr Cameron Harris, Peter Cartwright and Professor Malcolm Nay and has received master classes from Lukas Ligeti, Kevin Volans and Professor Jeanne-Zaidel Rudolph.
He has had the privilege of also playing as part of the South African National Youth Orchestra in 2019 as well as being a part of the Composers National Collegium which premiered the works of 8 of the best young composers in the country at the University of Pretoria's Music Festival that took place in August 2019. Played by the world renowned Odeion String Quartet with Samson Diamond, Sharon de Kock, Jeanne-Louise Moolman and Animari van de Westhuizen.
His work work for string quartet called "Sketches of Memory" was premiered originally at the University of the Witswatersrand in July scored for String Quartet and Solo Soprano and then adapted for String Quartet and premiered at the Festival which also received a repeat concert at the University of the Witswatersrand.
The work was written to raise awareness about injustice towards women in South Africa and was based on a South African poem. The work depicts the emotional states of a young girl that is robbed of her innocence and has to overcome the fear to speak out against the injustice. The piece is very emotive and circles through different tonal centres to capture her changing emotions and thoughts.